As a donorworx Child Ambassador and fundraiser, I’ve been given the incredible privilege of standing up and speaking on behalf of children and their parents who often don’t have the opportunity or circumstances to advocate for themselves. As someone who loves to talk and share thoughts, feelings and stories, it seems crazy that I cannot describe or put into words just how excited I am to know that in a few days, I will be leaving for South Africa!
On Sunday I’m travelling with a group of four other volunteers to visit three World Vision communities and to work for several days at Baphumelele Children’s Home. We have been scrambling this last week trying to get supplies and donations organized for all these communities and I feel like I’m caught in a bit of a whirlwind and worried that I will forget something important but also feeling humbled and inspired by the support from friends, family and coworkers who are coming together to make our first CAP volunteer trip nothing short of extraordinary.
Perhaps the most exciting part of our trip will be the opportunity to meet our sponsored children! I think this is a dream for many child sponsors and has been mine for many years. I not only get to meet my own sponsored child, but I also get to meet two little boys, who are being sponsored by two of my daughters. I am so excited and eager to meet them and also a little bit nervous. It may seem silly but as I was trying to get pictures together for a photo album and encouraging my daughters to make video greetings, my daughter verbalized my unease when she said, “I want him to like me…” As sponsors, these children live in our hearts and though pictures and letters we build a relationship and feel an attachment so my hope is that I am able to convey how to them how special they are to us and how much joy they bring into our lives. And yes, more than anything, I want them to like me!
Let’s #Bethechange! donorworx CAP volunteers are seeking donations to help Baphumelele Orphanage in #SouthAfrica. Every bit counts! http://t.co/QLtBhnI3BG